If you know anything about me, you already know my story. I met a girl, and I was 50 pounds overweight. She didn’t go out with that type of guy, so I made a lifestyle choice. That choice was to become physically fit and to lose the extra weight at the same time. This isn’t something you can do overnight. It takes time and discipline.
I’ve got both of those, and when I made this choice is irrelevant. The need to maintain a healthy lifestyle after you’ve achieved your goals is important as well. This is why I believe The Fit Expo was created, and it’s rolling around again this year four times. All of them in California. LA took place Jan. 26-27, with San Jose, Anaheim, and San Diego coming up. I’ve already attended LA, and I hope to attend Anaheim and San Diego as well this time to find new local products and catch up with some of my old favorites.
I’m pretty sure I’ll run into a few friends that I’ve made at previous expos. I may even breakdown and buy a few things, as products that I’ve tested in the past have made a distinct impression. Not enough to write a breakout review or anything, simply because most of what every company is preaching here is a lifestyle, and as I’ve said before, theirs is the best. Notably absent this time around was BodyBuilding.com, as they were giving away a lot of swag last time around.
Free samples are the norm at these types of things, and a caveat is don’t get the health screening at the end of the day like I did last year. Your blood pressure is guaranteed to be high, and if you’re not paying attention, you’re going to accidentally sign up for some followup phone calls with a robot attempting to sell you something.
There are also demos of exercise classes, and the best of the best will probably be playing dodgeball or attempting ropes courses. The kind you see on American Ninja Warrior. Last time I witnessed several elite female athletes working out on bars, and doing flips and dismounts too. As a lifetime asthmatic, I’m always interested in increasing my cardio without having a heart attack.
I’m hoping to see the people that bring you FL 02, as the cold air intake allowed me to breathe freely the rest of the day. One of the companies that contributed to my high BP I spoke of earlier, but in this case, it wasn’t a bad thing. There’s also healthy donuts, pancakes, and even cookies. As always, everything in moderation, including moderation.
I’m still looking for that one company that gave me an exercise strap. I’ve been using it so much that the logo wore off. It still hasn’t snapped, however. The big thing about exercise is to get the blood flowing. My next big purchase is going to be something on the order of a cure-all for arthritis, however, that may just boil down to eating less red meat.
I don’t know how I’m going to do that, as I’m beholden to what they serve me here at the mansion, and I have little or no say in the menu. Besides, I’m down to four servings a week. Does anyone know of a good protein substitute?
Eggs. Ah, we can’t eat those. Too much cholesterol. Modern medicine or more likely western medicine will prescribe a statin drug to lower your cholesterol, however, that’s going to damage your liver to the point of no return. I’ve got another doctor that tells me that cholesterol isn’t a leading indicator for heart attack, however, it will give you those symptoms.
I’d truly like to get my heart rate down to 60 beats a minute. That way, I can have the internal metronome that most musicians richly crave. I have an old army friend who has achieved exactly that, and my guess is he got that by joining the army out of high school, at which point he put in his time, and met me 25 years later and imparted some of his wisdom to me.
In conclusion, most of you that read this may have made a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape, and most of the companies that you’d meet at the Fit Expo for the first time have probably been with you for years, but you just don’t know it. If you’re in one of the aforementioned cities above, by all means, stop on by during the dates and locations in question.
The event is produced by National Fitness Productions. This time around, Subway Restaurants is the presenting sponsor. Major sponsors include BSN, Muscle Monster and Optimum Nutrition. Supporting sponsors include AFAA, NASM, Sports Research, Ralph’s, U. S. Air Force, Hera x Hero, and Live Fit Apparel.
Hope to see you there!!!